Northwest Avro RJ85 severely damaged at Memphis

Mesaba RJ85 N528XJ

N528XJ’s nose section was embedded in the jetway (Anonymous)

An Avro RJ85 operated by Mesaba on behalf of Northwest Jet Airlink was severely damaged in a taxiing accident at Northwest’s Memphis hub on 15 October. The aircraft, N528XJ (msn E2353), was being taxied back to the terminal after a maintenance check, with no passengers on board, when it slammed into a jetway at the C Concourse. Both the nose and the left wing hit the jetway. The number one engine was torn off, and the nose section suffered substantial damage, being bent to the right. The concourse was evacuated briefly while firefighters secured a fuel leak from the damaged aircraft. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Mesaba is examining the structural damage on the aircraft to determine whether she is repairable.

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